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Naga Munchetty: BBC Breakfast team ‘protective’ over host after Donald Trump race row

Naga Munchetty has been co-presenting BBC Breakfast for the latter half of the week for the past six years alongside Charlie Stayt. Together they have built a substantial repertoire with viewers and she is a well-respected interviewee when it comes to the big gigs the channel lands every morning. Last year, the host was inundated with support against the BBC after they ruled her comments about President Donal Trump a breach of guidelines. The decision was eventually reversed and Naga was in the clear. During a discussion with Radio Times, BBC Breakfast’s front-woman spoke out about the support she received from her colleagues at this time. 

Naga made the comments when she was sitting in for Louise Minchin and delivered the show with Dan Walker. 

She expressed personal concern after the US President said four congresswoman should “go back” to the “places from which they came”. 

BBC Breakfast viewers will remember Naga going off script and dwelling upon her own experiences of being told to go home in the UK.

It was then reported that Naga had breached BBC guidelines as she suggested President Trump was guilty of racism, the corporations complaints unit decided. 

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When asked whether it’s made her more circumspect about what she says on air Naga insisted “it’s absolutely business as usual.”

Radio Times also spoke to Assistant Editor Mark Grannell of BBC Breakfast who said: “Naga’s a tough cookie, so she can look after herself.

“But I think the Breakfast team is very protective of her, as a colleague. 

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“And, on a human level, my sympathy was with Naga.” 

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